19 October 1998
Crofters set to claim a stake in estates

By FWi staff

AS MANY as 20 Highland communities are poised to buy or secure a bigger stake in the estates on which they depend, reports The Independent.

Their interest comes as Donald Dewar, the Secretary of State for Scotland, has suggested that Lottery money will be available to help with purchases.

The 13,759 hectare (34,000 acre) Revack estate on the fringe of the Cairngorms is expected to come on the market later this month for about £7 million.

Also available is the 6879 hectare (17,000 acre) Knoydart estate on the north-west coast.

Last year, the 60 islanders of Eigg bought their Hebridean home for £1.5m in partnership with Highland Council and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.